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Beyond the Basics:
Practical Hive Management Tools for Beekeepers

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Course Code: AE0403CA17

Beyond Basics: Pracitcal Hive Management Tools

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Date & Time

May 11-12, 2017
9:00am - 3:30pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:30am)

*This course is sold out, but we are taking a waitlist. Please click the Join Waitlist Online button or contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271 (Press 2 for Registration).


Come cultivate your abilities as a beekeeper!

This two-day hands-on instructional program is designed as the next step for apiarists who have knowledge of the industry and have kept a colony for a minimum of one (1) full year – two (2) to three (3) years of experience recommended.

The course will combine classroom lecture and bee yard visits throughout each day for hands-on practical application of key course concepts. The goal is to provide you with the necessary strategies to successfully maintain and grow your hives.

Course Topics

  • Mite Control
  • Overwintering
  • Queen Rearing
  • Splits and Nucs
  • Spring/Summer Management
  • Swarm Control

Queen Rearing Essentials, 2nd edition, Lawrence John Connor [ISBN: 978-1878075413] is included with your course materials at no additional charge.

CAUTION: Since you will be working with LIVE bees, please be aware that there is a small risk of bee stings occurring during the program. Always wear light-colored and smooth-textured clothing, as dark-colored, textured and wooly clothing can aggravate the bees. Please refrain from using perfume or hair gel and keep jewelry to a minimum. We strongly encourage attendees to bring a beekeeping veil and/or a hat to cover your hair.

Register early! Class size is limited to only 30 participants.

NOTE: Attendees should have a general knowledge of the language and terminology of beekeeping, as well as a basic understanding of the biology of Honey bees. Fundamentals of beekeeping will not be covered.

If you are new to beekeeping, we strongly recommend that you take our Bee-ginners Beekeeping class first. The Beyond the Basics course is geared to individuals with multiple-year experience in beekeeping. Beginner courses are offered multiple times per year, so please visit our beekeeping page to see the latest offerings!

Interested in joining the New Jersey Beekeepers Association? Visit http://njbeekeepers.org for details!

Meet Your Beekeeping Course Instructors

Mike Haberland, Beekeeping Course InstructorMike Haberland is an associate professor and County Environmental Agent with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension. He uses applied research and collaborates with organizations to develop programs that assist in the creation, promotion, and education, of innovative environmental, sustainable community, and natural resource management practices. Mike uses beekeeping and the creation of native pollinator habitat for research and as a way to educate the public on the importance of pollinators.

Frank Licata, Beekeeping Course InstructorFrank Licata is an Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Certified Master Beekeeper and Operations Manager at the Mann Lake, Wilkes-Barre, PA facility. Frank has been keeping bees since 2001 and currently manages his 100 colonies in addition to his full time job. Frank is active in several beekeeping clubs, is past president of the Monroe County Beekeepers Association, travels around the country doing beekeeping talks, and sells his honey, lotion, lip balm, and soap on the side.

Grant Stiles, Beekeeping Course InstructorGrant Stiles graduated from Penn State with a degree in entomology, where his emphasis and research was on the honeybee. During his 10-year tenure as the New Jersey State Apiarist, Grant learned about the industry of commercial beekeeping. He currently runs Stiles Honey, a fulltime commercial beekeeping operation with over 4,000 honeybee hives.


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Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


A continental breakfast, coffee/tea, and lunch will be provided with your registration fee.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Floriculture Greenhouse
64 Nichol Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


*This course is sold out, but we are taking a waitlist. Please click the Join Waitlist Online button or contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271 (Press 2 for Registration).

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Senior Program Coordinator: Dalynn Knigge, 848-932-7315
Administrative Assistant: Karen Tizzano, 848-932-7483

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.